Becoming a NSW paramedic is not an easy task; and there are many levels to achieving this goal. Yet 25-year-old NSW resident Jenny Walker never once considered her learning difficulties would stop her from becoming a paramedic. She is a shining example of what can be achieved by applying her passion and persistence.
Jenny is now qualified to work as a NSW paramedic/medic in the ambulance industry after graduating from our very own Australian Paramedical College.
“Still to this day, I can’t believe I’ve completed something people thought I’d never do,” Ms Walker said.
“I knew deep down that I could do it, so I kept going until I passed. It shows if you persist, and are happy to work your guts out, you can achieve anything.”
Ms Walker is now qualified to work in emergency response situations, and is looking towards her future helping save lives in her local community.
“I’m not very academic, so I wanted to prove I could do this. I knew deep down that even though I failed I could do it, so I kept going until I passed,” she said.
The Bega resident said it was an emotional moment for her parents when she told them she had completed her Certificate IV in Health Care for the ambulance industry.
Ms Walker was named last year’s Bega Valley Shire Council’s Young Women’s Scholarship winner, has been an active member of Bega’s St John Ambulance branch and has aspired to become a paramedic since she started school.
“I’m passionate about this [paramedic] industry,” she said.
She has some good advice for others struggling with study, especially the theory side of the qualification.
“Don’t be scared to ask questions, because if you don’t ask you don’t know.”
She is thankful for the support she has received from the Paramedic Clinical Instructors and student success team at the College; and sees her story as a universal message to others.
“The local ambos have been really supportive in taking time teaching me to learn, and my mentors and tutors have been sensational,” she said.
“Some succeed because they are destined to, but most succeed because they are determined to.”
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